With the exception of Caleb and Joshua, the older generation – including Moses – was not to enter the land (Deuteronomy 1:34-38).  For the new generation, there was a challenge.  There must be no more failures.  One wasted generation was enough.  This was the time for real commitment to the Lord.  He loved them – He had ‘set the land before’ them.  They were to rise up in faith and ‘take possession of the land’ (Deuteronomy 1:8).  We are called to go on with the Lord.  ‘You have stayed long enough’ at a low level of Christian living.  God is calling us on to maturity: ‘go in and take possession of the land; (Deuteronomy 1:6,8; Philippians 3:13-14).  Do not hesitate to move forward with God:  ‘do not fear… It is a good land which the Lord gives us’ (Deuteronomy 1:21,25).  Will we be the new generation, ‘a new creation in Christ’ (2 Corinthians 5:17) ?

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